Farm Clubs Take Three of Four (4/19 Recaps)

There was one key component for the three clubs that got victories on Wednesday; starting pitching. All three clubs (Erie, Lakeland and West Michigan) received excellent starts. That includes Kevin Ardoin, who picked up his first win of the season, giving up just one run in six innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - CHARLOTTE 12, TOLEDO 4
6-8, t-2nd in West division
Jerry Owens capped off a seven run third inning in the Charlotte Knights 12-4 drudging of the visiting Toledo Mud Hens last night. The Knights, who remain in sole possession of the lead in the South Division, built up a three run lead after two innings before exploding for seven more runs in their half of the third inning. The Knights, who sent eleven batters to the plate in the third, jumped out to a more than comfortable 10-0 lead in the game, adding tow more before it was all over. Toledo starter Colby Lewis (0-1) was roughed up early allowing eight runs on seven hits, six of which were earned, over just two innings pitched. The Knights countered with starter Heath Philips (2-0) who picked up his second win on the season, going six full innings, giving up two earned runs, on just four hits and striking out five Mud Hen batters. Despite the one-sided affair by the Knights, Toledo's Mike Hessman hit his third home run of the season, a two run blast in the fourth inning. Ryan Raburn added a solo shot in the seventh, but it wasn't near enough to mount a comeback against the Knights. Toledo, who have now lost two in a row, is in the midst of a three-way tie with Columbus and Indianapolis in the West Division. The two teams will go at it again Thursday evening beginning at 7:15 p.m. with lefthander Lance Davis (0-1, 4.09) taking the mound for Toledo, where he'll face another lefthander Stephen Randolph (1-0, 2.45) of the Knights.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, HARRISBURG 2
5-9, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves got their own form of payback, beating Harrisburg 3-2 Wednesday night. Erie started the season losing three games in a row on the road to the Senators, but when the location changed, so did the results, as the SeaWolves swept the home series and have won the last four meetings. Starter Preston Larrison pitched well, giving up only two runs in six innings, but recorded a no decision due to an offense that was quiet early on. Erie was down 2-1 for much of the game, until the eighth, when Garth McKinney hit a solo home run and Kody Kirkland put the team ahead with an RBI single. Brent Clevlen also homered in the game, and Paul Sikaras picked up the win in relief. Erie now goes back out on the road, playing the Binghamton Mets Thursday night at 6pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, DUNEDIN 1
6-7, t-3rd in West division
The L-Tigers dominate Dunedin this afternoon winning 6-1 at home. Nick McIntyre continued his hot hitting going 2-4 and raising his average to .457. Clete Thomas hit his second home run of the season, but Wilkin Ramirez stole the show with a double and two singles, scoring one run and driving in two. Kevin Ardoin picked up his first win (1-1) after allowing one run in 6 innings. The bullpen held the lead by pitching three scoreless innings. The L-Tigers play Thursday night at home at 7:00pm against Ft. Myers.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, CDR. RAPIDS 0
7-5, t-2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps shut-out the Kernels 4-0 in Cedar Rapids with the help of a few timely hits. The pitching staff was exceptional, led by starting pitcher Ramon Garcia (2-1) who pitched seven innings, scattering five hits, and striking out two Kernel batters. Cameron Maybin provided most of the offense for the 'Caps, driving in three of the 'Caps four runs with a triple, two singles, and a stolen base in five at-bats. Second basemen Will Rhymes was back in the lead-off spot and went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Shortstop Mike Holliman also stole a base and ended the night 1-for-4. The other 'Caps run was driven in by third basemen Cory Middleton who went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. The 'Caps face the Kernels in Cedar Rapids again the 20th before they head home for a stretch of home games.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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